Corticosteroids

Definition - What does Corticosteroids mean?

Corticosteroids are a group of steroids used for medical purposes. Cortisone-like hormones are naturally produced by the body's adrenal glands. Corticosteroids are synthetically produced medications that mimic the effects of these hormones.

Corticosteroids are used to treat many different illnesses and conditions. The medication is particularly effective as an anti-inflammatory. Corticosteroids are often prescribed to treat arthritis, asthma, sciatica, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies, or other autoimmune disorders. However, corticosteroids can also have serious side effects, especially when they are taken over a long period of time.

Additionally, individuals who have taken steroids may experience withdrawal symptoms if they fail to properly taper off the usage of the medication. When using corticosteroids it is important to follow all the prescribing doctor's instructions. Corticosteroids are sometimes referred to as steroids.

WorkplaceTesting explains Corticosteroids

Among the many different hormones produced by the body are steroids. Different types of steroids perform different functions. Synthetic versions of two common types of steroids, corticosteroids and anabolic steroids, are used for medical purposes. Anabolic steroids are usually taken by athletes are others seeking to increase their muscle mass or enhance performance.

Corticosteroids act as an anti-inflammatory and suppress the body's natural immune reactions. This immune suppression is why a topical application of a corticosteroid such as hydrocortisone relieves the itching of an allergic reaction. Corticosteriods can be administered in one of several forms. For example, prednisolone is available as a tablet, syrup, or liquid. Nasal sprays or inhalers are often used to deliver beclometasone or fluticasone. Steriod injections are a common treatment to speed the healing of muscle or joint injuries and temporarily relieve pain caused by inflamation.

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